All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA Aminul Islam stoked controversy after claiming that Miya (Bengali-speaking Muslims) people in Assam were more indigenous than the Ahoms.
Several Ahom organisations and local bodies protested against the Dhing MLA’s statement and sought apology or threatened to ban the entry of all AIUDF leaders in upper Assam.
While speaking in a meeting, Islam said that Bengali-speaking Muslims who migrated from East Pakistan or erstwhile Bengal province belong to the indigenous community of Assam.
All Assam Students’ Union, Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad Aso, All Tai Ahom Students’ Union, Bir Lachit Sena and the Ahom Royal Society have condemned the MLA for his statement.
The activists of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) staged a protest and burnt the effigy of Islam on February 14th, 2020 in Puronigudam, Nagaon.
“Islam doesn’t have any idea about the history and culture of Assam. He must read about the Ahoms. The AIUDF MLA must publicly apologise for his statement within 24 hours,” said an AJYCP activist.
The MLA said that the Ahoms came from Myanmar, which was never a part of India. “They (Ahoms) came from a foreign land. Whereas, the Bengali-speaking Miya community belonged to East Bengal, once a part of India. So tell me who is indigenous?” Islam had said.
Meanwhile, the AIUDF distanced itself from the comments made by its legislator and said that they do not reflect the views of the party.